Haith Discusses UM Signees

Head Coach Frank Haith, known for his recruiting, spoke briefly about his first recruiting class at the University of Miami. On Wednesday he signed point guard Dennis Clemente, guard Brian Asbury and small forward Adrian Thomas. All three recruits are from south Florida.

Frank Haith's Opening Statement:
"When we first took the job here, one thing that we really wanted to do was take care of South Florida and really do a good job recruiting this area. I feel good that we have been able to do that with the three kids that we signed. All three are very good players, they all bring talent in that each kid can come out and help us right away. We have one scholarship left to give and we have to focus some on getting some size (down low). With Brian Asbury and Adrian Thomas we got some size on the perimeter."

Is South Florida your focus on recruiting?
"The thing I wanted to accomplish was if there are players that are good enough to play at this level, we need to be in the mix with them, have a chance with them, and we need to get them. We are very fortunate that we had players this year that are good enough to play at this level."

Do you see any one of those three making an immediate impact?
"All three will have their niche. I don't know if I can pinpoint one kid in particular, because I think all three kids will come in and have an impact."

Dennis Clemente 5-11 150 Calusa Prep
"He is a very quick, fast point guard. Personally, I like guards that can score and he is a kid that has some scoring ability. Which is quite evident by his numbers. He is putting up a lot of points. He will bring some depth to that position."

Brian Asbury 6-5 175 South Miami High School
"He is a very versatile player. He plays the 2, and I talked to him the other night and he is even playing some point for his high school team. He gives us a long, athletic wing player. He reminds me a lot of a kid we had out a Wake Forest, Josh Howard, in his ability."

Adrian Thomas 6-7 215 Flanagan High School
"He is just a competitor. He is strong, he is 6-7 and he can score a variety of ways and he can defend a lot of people. I was really impressed with him this summer. I saw him play out in Las Vegas. He was on a team that was not extremely talented, but they got to the finals, over 300 teams. He was the leader of that team, and he played tremendous. He did whatever it took. He would guard the other team's best player, he'd score on the perimeter and inside. I like his competitiveness."

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